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Aussie Parents have warned of a cruel ‘hi mum’ phone texting scam costing unsuspecting families $2million


Parents have been put on high alert after scammers scammed more than $2 million from families mostly in four states using a sneaky text message.

The highly effective ‘hi mum’ mobile phone scam plays on parents’ fears when scammers text from a different number pretending to be one of their children.

The messages claim that the son or daughter has a new phone and tell the parents to delete their other number.

The scammers used WhatsApp (pictured) where they play as the son or daughter, telling them they have a new phone number and deleting their old one

The scammers used WhatsApp (pictured) where they play as the son or daughter, telling them they have a new phone number and deleting their old one

The criminals tell a story pretending to be a parent's child about needing money to transfer or to pay for something, which they themselves cannot do due to a banking problem (pictured, one of the texts)

The criminals tell a story pretending to be a parent's child about needing money to transfer or to pay for something, which they themselves cannot do due to a banking problem (pictured, one of the texts)

The criminals tell a story pretending to be a parent’s child about needing money to transfer or to pay for something, which they themselves cannot do due to a banking problem (pictured, one of the texts)

Most of the victims are over 55 and use apps like WhatsApp -

Most of the victims are over 55 and use apps like WhatsApp -

Most of the victims are over the age of 55 and use apps like WhatsApp – “Unfortunately many parents are victimized because they are just nice people who care about their child’s well-being,” said the police.

Parents were duped into transferring more than $2million to scammers across the country (pictured, one of the texts)

Parents were duped into transferring more than $2million to scammers across the country (pictured, one of the texts)

Parents were duped into transferring more than $2million to scammers across the country (pictured, one of the texts)

The scam messages tell that they need money to be transferred or to pay something, which they cannot do themselves due to a banking problem.

The texts emphasize that the problem is urgent before providing payment details, offering to reimburse their “parents” later.

Victims across NSW and Victoria account for more than half of the money lost in scams, with Western Australia and Queensland close behind.

This comes as scammers now use other means such as SMS and ‘traditional’ text messages to approach their victims.

Such scams have appeared on UK WhatsApp accounts in recent months, prompting UK parents to hand over £1.5million in just six months.

“Victims of the ‘Hi Mum’ scam date back to at least October last year overseas, but since May we’ve seen a significant increase in reports not just here in NSW but across jurisdictions across Australia,” the NSW Police Cybercrime Squad Commander said. said Superintendent Matthew Craft.

“We encourage people to watch out for suspicious behavior exhibited by these scammers; including their inability to personalize any communication and their apologies for why they can’t talk on the phone.

“The victim population is predominantly over the age of 55 and unfortunately many parents are victimized because they are simply nice people who care about the welfare of their child,” the Det Superintendent said. Craft.

The remitted funds are usually quickly transferred from bank accounts to the cryptocurrency, with victims having little chance of recovering their money.

People who have lost money to a scam should contact their bank or financial institution as soon as possible and report the matter to the police.

Such scams have appeared on WhatsApp accounts in the UK in recent months, prompting British parents to hand over £1.5million in just six months (pictured, a text received by an Australian)

Such scams have appeared on WhatsApp accounts in the UK in recent months, prompting British parents to hand over £1.5million in just six months (pictured, a text received by an Australian)

Such scams have appeared on WhatsApp accounts in the UK in recent months, prompting British parents to hand over £1.5million in just six months (pictured, a text received by an Australian)

Most of the victims were from Victoria and NSW, but Queenslanders and West Australians were also duped

Most of the victims were from Victoria and NSW, but Queenslanders and West Australians were also duped

Most of the victims were from Victoria and NSW, but Queenslanders and West Australians were also duped

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